Once again I'm joining Katie from Bower Power, Sherry from Young House Love, Kate from Centsational Girl, and Michelle from Ten June for the Pinterest Challenge – Summer Edition!
For this season's challenge I decided to hop on the ol' pallet art bandwagon. My two inspiration pieces were the DIY pallet sign from The Frugal Girls:
And the pallet headboard from House Tweaking...I'm sure everyone has seen this one before:
I don't have any real pallets hanging around so I used The Frugal Girls' suggestion of garden stakes.
I found these stakes at Ace Hardware for $1.29 each. They are 1" x 2" x 36".
I cut the point off and then cut the stakes into thirds. Each piece ended up being about 11".
Then I stained all sides of the stakes with a Dark Walnut stain.
Then I painted all sides with Valspar's Nautical (free sample from last year). Once the paint was dry I attached everything with a few nails.
I used my mouse sander to do a little distressing. Seriously, it took me 30 seconds with my electric sander - best purchase ever!
I used my Silhouette to create the "love" stencil. The font is called LD Charming Bold and it's available in the Silhouette online shop. I used transfer paper to keep everything together and level.
Once everything was in place I used a foam brush to dab white craft paint into the letters. Remember - less paint is more if you want to keep the letters crisp.
I peeled the vinyl off after a few minutes. Don't let it dry completely, or it's going to suck to get off. Once the paint was dry I lightly sanded the letters by hand.
And after all of that:
And in its new home on the mantle:
(the white paint is still wet in this picture...shhhh! our little secret)
I only ended up using 3 of the stakes and I had everything else on hand, so this whole project was less than $4!